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- (grammar) The presence of two or more classes of inflection in the inflectional paradigm of a noun, verb, etc
grammar: two or more inflection classes in a paradigm
- An example from Italian is the alternation of inflection and gender in nouns such as braccio. Most nouns in -o are masculine and form plurals in -i, while most nouns ending in -a are feminine and form plurals in -e. Braccio has two plurals, a feminine plural in braccia and a masculine plural in bracci, and these two plurals apply to different meanings of the word.